How do I go about adopting my friends baby in colorado?
In regards to adoption, Colorado is what is called an "agency" state, which means that an adoption agency needs to be involved for both the relinquishment case and the adoption case. If the mother's intent is to place immediately for adoption, both best practice and the intent of Colorado law is go through the relinquishment/adoption process.
In the relinquishment case, the parent(s) are required to receive relinquishment counseling from a license child placement agency (adoption agency) and a potential adoptive placement needs to also have an home study through the adoption agency. As part of the relinquishment process, all potential birth fathers need to also be identified and their rights need to be either relinquished or involuntarily terminated in order to legally free the child for adoption.
Similarly, in the adoption case, the agency needs to consent to the child's adoption by the prospective adoption parents after having supervised the placement for over six (6) months.
The above is a very over-simplified explanation of the process and I recommend you contact an adoption attorney is discuss the process in detail as well as red flags that may arise.
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